Timeline: Week 21 of Russia’s war in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Al Jazeera seems to be on the foremost occasions that marked the twentieth week of the struggle in Ukraine:

July 13 

Russian forces launch failed offensives east of Slovyansk and Bakhmut within the japanese Donbas area.

Kramatorsk mayor Oleksandr Gocharenko says on Fb that Russian forces focused town’s industrial sector, knocking out energy provide to elements of town. Kramatorsk lies within the coronary heart of the Donetsk area in japanese Ukraine.

The EU permits sanctioned items to cross its territory through rail from Russia to its exclave of Kaliningrad, after a significant diplomatic dispute. Russia is separated from Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea by EU member Lithuania, which on June 18 banned the transit of sanctioned items. Lithuania mentioned it disagreed however wouldn’t contest the choice.

(Al Jazeera)

July 14

A Russian submarine fires three Kalibr missiles from Cape Fiolent close to Sevastopol within the Crimea, which hit Vinnytsia, two hours southwest of Kyiv, killing at the very least 23 and wounding at the very least 100 civilians. Thirty-nine different individuals are listed as lacking. An extra two missiles had been shot down. UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres says he’s “appalled”. Russia makes an attempt to justify the assault saying it was concentrating on a gathering of senior air power commanders with Western defence contractors.

Ukraine’s Nationwide Company for the Prevention of Corruption means that Western sanctions goal the businesses that construct the Kalibr and Iskander missiles, Novator and Design Bureau of Mechanical Engineering. Brigadier-general Oleksiy Gromov says these two sorts of missile had been utilized in 630 assaults.

Within the japanese Donetsk oblast, Russian forces proceed to aim advances on Bakhmut and Siversk. Ukraine posts geolocated footage of a destroyed Russian ammunition depot in Nahirne, on the road of contact.

Within the south, Russian forces hit Mykolaiv with 9 missiles from the S-300 system, which is generally used for surface-to-air defence, studies Vitaly Kim, the commander of Ukrainian armed forces in Mykolaiv. The missiles hit two instructional establishments and a lodge, amongst different websites.

The US Home passes an $839bn annual defence finances, together with $1bn in allocations for Ukraine. Of this, $100mn is put aside to coach Ukrainian pilots and floor crew on US fight plane.

Ukrainian navy intelligence says Belarus is unofficially permitting widespread smuggling in each instructions throughout its borders with EU nations Lithuania and Poland, in addition to its borders with Ukraine. The sanctioned nation thus hopes to promote Belarusian tobacco merchandise whereas passing on to Russia banned imports similar to automotive elements, the intelligence providers say.

July 15

Russian forces perform shelling and air assaults on a string of front-line settlements in japanese Donetsk oblast. Ukraine’s basic employees say their forces repelled a Russian try to manage the Bakhmut-Lysychansk freeway, an important logistics lifeline, within the Bogorodychny space.

Ukraine’s air power proclaims {that a} volley of Kh-101 missiles has hit town of Dnipro, removed from the entrance line. The missiles had been reportedly fired from Tu-95 plane overflying the Caspian Sea.

Mykolaiv mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych says greater than 10 explosions had been heard throughout town, triggering an air alert.

The pinnacle of the Dnipropetrovsk area, Valentyn Reznichenko, says a Russian missile destroyed a college within the Synelnyk area, with possible casualties.

The EU proclaims the primary particulars of a seventh sanctions bundle in opposition to Russia.

July 16

Russian forces make restricted makes an attempt to advance on Siversk. Within the south, they shell settlements in Mykolaiv oblast. Ukraine’s southern command says they hit Mykolaiv metropolis with modified S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries.

An Antonov-12B navy cargo airplane crashes in northern Greece whereas carrying 11 tonnes of munitions. The eight-person crew was Ukrainian, however Ukraine’s defence ministry says the airplane was personal and never working beneath its directions.

July 17

Russian forces fireplace on settlements southeast of Izyum. Ukraine’s basic employees report that Russia has made unsuccessful advances on Siversk and Bakhmut within the japanese Donetsk area. Combating is reported on the outskirts of Donetsk metropolis.

Within the north, Russian forces launch air and artillery assaults north and east of Kharkiv metropolis.

Within the south, Ukrainian forces repulse an assault on Grigorivka, which lies between the Russian entrance line and Zaporizhia. Russian forces additionally fireplace a number of multiple-launch rockets into Zaporizhia itself, inflicting fires however no casualties, the regional navy administration studies.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Russia has now fired 3,000 cruise missiles in opposition to his nation.

July 18

Russian forces launch floor assaults southeast of Izyum and in the direction of the front-line cities of Siversk, Bakhmut and Avdiivka within the japanese Donetsk oblast.

Kramatorsk Mayor Oleksandr Gocharenko studies Russian air assaults on town’s industrial sector.

Within the north, Russian forces proceed to shell settlements north and east of Kharkiv.

Within the south, Russian forces shell Ukrainian entrance traces and are mentioned to be bringing in reinforcements.

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Sienkevych says Russian shelling has resulted in about 12 explosions within the metropolis.

The Ukrainian Nationwide Resistance Centre studies that Russian forces are utilizing civilian rail and water routes to disguise and shield the transport of ammunition.

The European Council approves its fifth tranche of navy support to Ukraine, bringing the full to about $2.5bn.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy suspends his spy chief and prosecutor-general, saying 60 of their workers are being investigated for collusion with Russian authorities in occupied territories, elevating questions in regards to the heads of those our bodies.

July 19

In Donetsk, Russian forces preserve their efforts southeast of Izyum in the direction of Slovyansk and reportedly destroy some Ukrainian tools concentrations in Slovyansk. Ukraine’s basic employees say Russia is making ready for a significant offensive on town from the north. Russian forces additionally proceed assaults within the path of Siversk, and reportedly make minor advances on Bakhmut.

Ukrainian deputy defence minister Volodymyr Havrilov tells The Occasions his nation is biding its time to sink Russia’s complete Black Sea fleet. “They need to pay for his or her aggression,” he says.

Ukraine’s southern command says Russia launched six Kalibr missiles from the Black Sea. One was shot down, whereas 5 struck homes in Odesa oblast, inflicting six accidents.

Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs Russian President Vladimir Putin’s determination to invade Ukraine as a response to NATO.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shakes hands with Russia's Vladimir Putin as Iran's President Raisi looks on
Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shakes arms with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Tehran as Iran’s President Raisi seems to be on [Handout: Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader]

The street cleaners of Mogadishu: Doing Somalia’s riskiest job | Al-Shabab News

Mogadishu, Somalia – It’s an hour earlier than dawn in downtown Mogadishu. The Somali capital is quick asleep with eerie silence hanging within the heat salty air blowing from the Indian Ocean.

Aside from a small group of ladies sporting dark-coloured garments and flip-flops on Maka al-Mukarama street within the coronary heart of the town, there is no such thing as a different soul in sight. With few road lights working, the ladies mix nearly completely into the pre-dawn darkness.

Every is carrying a plastic broom, a shovel and sack, and works about 300m (984 ft) away from the opposite. They barely make any sound as they get to work.

“It’s best to not be seen in your personal security,” one among them, 50-year-old Maryan Salad Mohamed, instructed Al Jazeera. “We do our greatest to not be seen and even higher if nobody hears us. There are various risks whenever you do our job.”

Maryan and the others are road cleaners working for the town’s native authority – probably the most harmful jobs within the Somali capital.

“Earlier than I go away the home I pray. You don’t know if you’ll come again alive,” the mother-of-seven, instructed Al Jazeera in a low, gentle voice.

There isn’t a official rely for the variety of road cleaners who’ve misplaced their lives within the line of responsibility. However for years, the town has misplaced dozens of road cleaners as a consequence of Improvised Explosive Gadgets (IEDs) hidden in garbage left on the aspect of the streets.

In August 2008, not less than 21 feminine road cleaners had been killed on the identical stretch of the road following an explosion that additionally left 46 others, largely girls road cleaners, wounded. In August 2014, an explosion left 4 feminine road cleaners useless and 7 others injured in that very same district of Mogadishu.

And in a grotesque assault in February 2019, unknown gunmen shot useless 9 road cleaners, together with six girls at a location some 15km (9 miles) from the town centre.

Authorities blamed the al-Qaeda-linked armed group al-Shabab for the lethal blasts.

The group, which needs to impose a strict interpretation of Sharia legislation in Somalia, is preventing the nation’s Western-backed authorities. It has usually planted IEDs on the aspect of the roads to take down passing authorities officers or African Union peacekeeping troops within the nation.

But it surely has denied authorities claims they’re behind the assaults or that road cleaners are the purpose.

“We don’t goal anybody for cleansing the streets of Mogadishu, the truth is cleansing the streets is an act of charity that’s welcomed by Islam,” the group instructed Al Jazeera in a press release on July 5.

“Mogadishu’s road cleaners are killed by the identical troops who continuously goal the Tuk-tuk drivers of Mogadishu, and everybody is aware of who these are. They’re the apostate militia and their overseas crusaders,” the assertion added.

‘No different choice’

Most of them are widows who misplaced their husbands in the course of the nation’s 30-year-old civil warfare and are their households’ breadwinners. On any given day, there are not less than 450 of them cleansing the streets of the Somali capital, in line with the native metropolis authority.

The best earners take house $150 a month. Some obtain meals rations in trade for the work and lots of work on a voluntary foundation hoping to safe a job if and when one comes up.

A brief distance away, Hawo Ali Hassan, an eight-year veteran of the streets goes by empty packing containers left on the aspect of the street gently with two fingers.

Hawa says she doesn’t like her “very dangerous” job however has to do it to place meals on the desk for her massive household.

“I might not suggest anybody to do it. You’ll be able to die at any second. I work seven days every week as a result of I’ve to help my youngsters and blind husband,” the mom of 10 youngsters mentioned.

Her husband grew to become blind after a mortar landed close to the place he was working 10 years in the past.

“I’ve no different choice. I’m a mom. I’ll do something to help my youngsters. Sure, it’s dangerous however I’ll take any danger for them,” the 58-year-old added as she moved to the following pile of garbage that wanted clearing.

Mogadishu female street cleaners
Many of the feminine road cleaners are their households’ sole breadwinners [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

Relations of the road cleaners misplaced within the line of responsibility are nonetheless coming to phrases with the tragedy.

“I nonetheless bear in mind receiving a telephone name from my brother-in-law telling me my grandmother has been killed,” Hodma Abdishakur Hassan instructed Al Jazeera.

“She was blown up close to Medina police station. She was simply beginning her shift. Her decrease physique was blown to items. She was alive first however died of the accidents a number of hours later. She was not simply my grandmother however was additionally elevating me and my two different siblings,” Hodma added, tears dripping on her black niqab.

Fay Mohamed Hassan was 70 years outdated when she was killed in November 2011 and incomes $120 a month, Hodma added. Two different feminine cleaners misplaced their lives in the identical explosion.


Mogadishu street cleaners
Officers say they’ve began to make use of male employees to discourage robbers from attacking feminine cleaners [Hamza Mohamed/Al Jazeera]

Simple targets

IEDs will not be the one risk the road cleaners face every day.

“We’re simple goal for robbers. Most of us have [been] robbed of cellphones and valuables. Should you work late at night time or early morning then you’ll most definitely get robbed. And they’re very violent. It’s why none of us wish to put on excessive viz jackets as a result of it’ll entice robbers,” Maryan mentioned.

The native authority says they’re doing their greatest to guard their employees.

“We’ve stopped them from working night time shift for security causes,” Hussein Abtidoon Warsame, the deputy head of sanitation for Mogadishu municipality instructed Al Jazeera.

“We’ve began hiring male employees to discourage thieves from concentrating on feminine employees. However it isn’t simple to search out male employees as a result of males don’t wish to do cleansing work,” he added.

Hussein, who himself was badly injured in an assault claimed by al-Shabab assault and strikes with the assistance of a strolling stick, says authorities pays the hospital payments of these injured within the line of labor.

“Sadly, we will’t afford to offer compensation if somebody dies. We don’t have the cash. However we are going to give the place to relations if they want [to] take up the work,” he added.

For the ladies going out each morning to maintain Mogadishu clear, it’s a danger they’re lengthy accustomed to.

“We’ve nobody to guard us however God. In our line of labor, we concern individuals. Not stray canine or wild animals,” Maryan mentioned.

Comply with Hamza Mohamed on Twitter: @Hamza_Africa